🦗 TMS India vs England 4th Test

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#1

All hail the new English* hope!


#2

Just what we needed after Hameed looked so good, competition for opening batsman!


#3

This is encouraging


#4

First ball after tea - 4.


#5

Daft game cricket, innit. Especially if you’re a batsman. Jennings dropped on 0, now has 100 on debut, who knows how his future might have panned out had it been caught. * Puts Sliding Doors on *


#6

What sort of player is he then? Giraffe? How come he averaged about 30 up to this summer if he’s so good?


#7

WOOHOO! :confused: :unamused:


#8

That’s more like it lads


#9

Ball. Of course. I completely forgot about Ball. Excellent selection.


#10

IF these two can stick around until the close, won’t have been a disastrous day for England, and potential for either/both of them to take it to India tomorrow morning. Anything north of 350 (especially 400+) would at the very least give England a chance to get their spinners stuck in. A way to go for that though.

It’s only one innings, but if Jennings and Hameed both look good, shouldn’t be a huge problem fitting them both in. Hameed is definitely an opener from what I’ve seen, whereas Jennings can probably fit in either side of Root at 3 or 4, then drop Ali down a bit, Stokes at 6, 'keeper at 7, 4 bowlers of whatever kind (or 3 if a greentop, and slot in another batsman, probably the other ‘wicketkeeper’)


#11

Yeah, Hameed at 2 then Jennings at 3, moving Root back to his preferred 4 and Mo back to his more appropriate, somewhere lower.


#12

Strange how things turnout given a few injuries and players being out of form. This side has been trying to find the right balance for a while.

Fully fit side for first test of summer is looking something like this right now:

Cook
Hameed
Jennings
Root

Stokes
Bairstow
Woakes

Broad
Jimmy

2 spots up for grabs I’d say?


#13

Moeen walks in to any England team. Then pick one of ball wood and rashid on form, fitness and pitch


#14

I like Moeen would be good to see him score plenty and cement spot at 5


#15

I think he’s definitely in our best xi. Best spinner on a flat pitch, one of our most consistent batsmen. Only question is where he bats. I’d probably have him below bairstow at 7 personally


#16

We almost have to many options in that 5-8 area. If Rashid continues to improve he could be the go to spin option?

Then you have the keeper issue, do you want Bairstow batting at 5 and keeping? Not to mention Butler who is too good to not make an impression again in tests


#17

Would genuinely be surprised to see Jennings regularly in our standard 11. He’s only played one innings! Having said that, that place at 3/4 does look like the one up for grabs, so Jennings has as good a chance as anyone at the moment. Duckett will get another go too, and I do think we’ll want to get Buttler in the test team for the long term. Tom Curran will be demanding a place before long too, probably Anderson’s long term replacement. Plus Finn has some sort of legal right to be in the squad somehow.

Cook
Hameed
Root
? Jennings or Buttler or Duckett, Buttler obviously not at 4
Bairstow
Stokes
Moeen
Woakes
Rashid/Ball/Wood
Broad
Anderson


#18

The_excession makes snap judgements on the current England Lions, for no reason other than I’m too awake to go to bed.

N Gubbins - Crap. Never going anywhere with the name Gubbins, let’s face facts.
K Jennings - still feel he’s a one season wonder, but prepared to be wrong.
T Alsop - Dunno. Possibly owns a butcher’s shop in 1930.
D Bell-Drummond - could well be the one who steps up next
T Westley - seems like he should be shit, but does score a lot of runs and takes the occasional wicket
J Clarke - serious talent. Unlikely to be at Worcester for long
L Livingstone - slogger, will disappear
B Foakes - OK, plays for Surrey though so will no doubt appear for England
L Dawson - fine, unspectacular
O Rayner - will go back to county cricket where he will be in and out of the Middlesex side next year
Jack Leach - Dunno. Would have liked to see him in India, can’t actually recall ever seeing him play.
S Curran, T Curran - going to be big news for England over the next ten years, maybe not yet though
T Roland-Jones - pretty consistent performer, probably about number 7 or 8 in the England rankings
J Ball - looks good, above Roly-Jo in the rankings
J Fuller - injury prone, thought he was a New Zealander? Guess that never stopped us
C Overton - feisty, career could go any direction
S Meaker - injury prone, properly fast, never going to string enough matches together to really succeed.


#19

Excellent work, look forward to seeing how some of these turn out

Ben’s Foakes and Stokes together is going to be the real gold potentially here


#20

was just thinking, we could really do with getting Rahul out here, then hero Mo delivers. Nice one, Hero Mo.